Famous 19th Century Fashion Designers

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Louis Vuitton
(Businessman)
Louis Vuitton
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Birthdate: August 4, 1821
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: France
Died: February 27, 1892

After losing his parents at 10, Louis Vuitton ran away to Paris, where he gained repute as a box-maker/packer, and was even hired by Napoleon III’s wife, Empress Eugénie de Montijo. He then founded the iconic French fashion and luxury goods brand Louis Vuitton, which now operates in 50 countries.

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Jean Patou
(Fashion Designer)
Jean Patou
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Birthdate: August 19, 1880
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Normandy, France
Died: March 8, 1936

Jean Patou was a French fashion designer. He is credited with founding the popular French fashion house, Jean Patou. Over the years, several popular fashion designers like Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Bohan, and Jean Paul Gaultier have worked for Jean Patou. Patou is also credited with creating the designer tie, which he invented in the 1920s.

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Jeanne Lanvin
(Fashion designer)
Jeanne Lanvin
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Birthdate: January 1, 1867
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 6, 1946

Jeanne Lanvin was a French fashion designer who is credited with founding the multinational high fashion house, Lanvin. She is also credited with founding the perfume and beauty company Lanvin Parfums. In the 1920s, she opened shops devoted to menswear, lingerie, and home décor. In 1938, she was presented with the Officier Legion of Honour.

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Lucy, Lady Duff-Gordon
(Fashion Designer and Widely Acknowledged Innovator in Couture Styles)
Lucy, Lady Duff-Gordon
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Birthdate: June 13, 1863
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Died: April 20, 1935
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Charles Frederick Worth
(Fashion Designer)
Charles Frederick Worth
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Birthdate: October 13, 1825
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bourne
Died: March 10, 1895
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Paul Poiret
(Grand couturier)
Paul Poiret
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Birthdate: April 20, 1879
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris
Died: April 30, 1944

Paul Poiret was a French fashion designer best remembered for advocating the idea of replacing the corset with the brassiere. Poiret is credited with founding his namesake haute couture house which was responsible for making him one of the most influential designers of pre-World War I Paris. It is also widely believed that Paul Poiret invented the hobble skirt.

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Orry-Kelly
(Costume designer)
Orry-Kelly
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Birthdate: December 31, 1897
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kiama
Died: February 27, 1964

Born to a tailor in Australia, Orry-Kelly initially studied banking but later sailed to the US to explore his dreams in theater. Starting with painting murals at a US nightclub, he later grew to design costumes for legends such as Bette Davis and Katharine Hepburn. He also won 3 Academy Awards.

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Madeleine Vionnet
(Grand couturier)
Madeleine Vionnet
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Birthdate: June 22, 1876
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chilleurs-aux-Bois
Died: March 2, 1975

Madeleine Vionnet was a French fashion designer who established her own fashion house in 1912. From 1919 to 1939, Vionnet was one of the most prominent designers in Paris. Dubbed the Queen of the bias cut, Vionnet is best remembered for popularizing the bias cut. Regarded as one of the 20th century's most influential designers, Vionnet inspired many fashion designers.

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Emilie Louise Flöge
(Fashion designer)
Emilie Louise Flöge
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Birthdate: August 30, 1874
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: May 26, 1952

The daughter of a pipe manufacturer, Emilie Louise Flöge initially worked as a seamstress but later found her calling in fashion designing. Also remembered as the companion of Austrian symbolist painter Gustav Klimt, she featured in many of his paintings and was a major figure of the Fin de siècle movement.

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Lena Himmelstein
(Fashion designer)
Lena Himmelstein
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Birthdate: 1877
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuania
Died: September 26, 1951
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Patrick Kelly
(Fashion Designer)
Patrick Kelly
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Birthdate: September 24, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vicksburg, Mississippi, United States
Died: January 1, 1990
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Georges Doeuillet
(President of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture)
Georges Doeuillet
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Birthdate: July 16, 1865
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oise, France
Died: March 20, 1934